Category Archives: Programs and Events

SPJ-Rio Grande Chapter sponsored events and workshops or other happenings of interest to members.

We want you to see what real news looks like. Join us Oct. 17.

It’s your turn to ask the questions.

In an era of debate over the media’s role, SPJ Rio Grande is gathering several of its members to share information about how they do their jobs with the public. Our discussion will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17 at the Student Union Building at the University of New Mexico, Mirage/Thunderbird Room.

Each member of our panel will share one thing they want the audience to know about how they work, but no presentations; the majority of this event will be questions from the audience. Come with curiosity, and leave knowing more about how journalism in New Mexico gets done.

See our panelist lineup below.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $5 for students. Register today.

For additional information, contact SPJ Rio Grande board member Rachel Sams: rachelbsams at gmail dot com.



Monica Braine, senior producer, Native America Calling

Gabrielle Burkhart, reporter, KRQE

Megan Kamerick, KUNM Morning Edition host; freelancer in audio, print and TV for outlets including NMPBS

Dan McKay, Capitol Bureau, ABQ Journal



Rachel Sams, editor-in-chief, Albuquerque Business First

Shining A Light On Government: Sunshine Week 2017

Sunshine Week is coming up soon! The SPJ Rio Grande chapter will highlight the importance of the Freedom Of Information Act (FOIA) and access to government information from March 12-18, 2017.

Join us at Duel Brewing in Albuquerque for a kickoff event on Sunday, March 12. Tell us you’re coming on Facebook

And follow us on Twitter and Facebook for other local events and news.


New Mexico Sleuth: Invigorating Investigative Reporting in New Mexico

follow the money

Join the SPJ Rio Grande Chapter for trainings on FollowTheMoney‘s pilot ‘Anomaly Detection’ tool in February.

The tool uses statistical and artificial intelligence algorithms to identify potential reporting leads based on campaign finance data that is outside historical norms. The training will also show reporters how to use FTM’s “My Legislature’ tool with NM’s 2017 legislative committees and bill feeds that allow reporters to track specific legislation to see how donors overlap with legislation and lawmakers.


Travel stipend may be available. Email Denise for more information:

FollowTheMoney Trainers: JT Stepleton (researcher) and Scott Wahl (data scientist)

1) Wednesday, Feb. 1st5:30 – 7:30 pm
NMSU Corbett Center, Senate Chambers
Las Cruces, NM

(light dinner provided)

2) Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 12:30 – 2:30 pm
Santa Fe Community Foundation
Santa Fe, NM
(Lunch provided)

3) Thursday, Feb. 2nd, 5:30 – 7:30 pm
Albuquerque, NM
(light dinner provided)